#BookReview By Lou – The Impulse Purchase By Veronica Henry @veronica_henry @orionbooks @RandomTTours #TheImpulsePurchase #Fiction #FeelGoodFiction #UpliftingFiction #ContemporaryFiction #BlogTour #BookRecommendation

The Impulse Purchase
By Veronica Henry

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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The Impulse Purchase has the feel-good factor throughout and is a lovely escape. Find out more below…
Firstly, thanks to Orion Books and Veronica Henry for a copy of the book and for Random Things Tours for organising and inviting me to review on the blog tour.

I chose to read THE IMPULSE PURCHASE with my mum. The characters of Maggy, Cherry and Rose are inspiring multigenerational characters and the book got me thinking about the people I value in my life such as my mum, who has been through a lot and always will healthwise, since I was in my teens ( a little over 20 years ago), and I will now always be her unpaid carer, but without her in my life, I wouldn’t have become the strong, determined, resilient, independent woman I have and I wouldn’t have experienced so much or discovered so much (ie the arts, books and more…) without her. She also enabled to me to follow some dreams. She still continues to be a good mum and as still kept her sense of humour and love of going out with friends and family.
Find out more about The Impulse Purchase in the blurb and my thoughts in my review below…

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Blurb

The Impulse Purchase CoverWith this, Veronica’s 23rd novel, she introduces us to Cherry, Maggie and Rose – mother, daughter and granddaughter, each with their own hopes, dreams and even sorrows.

They have always been close, so when, in a moment of impulse, Cherry buys a gorgeous but
rundown pub in the village she grew up in, it soon becomes a family affair.
All three women uproot themselves and move to Rushbrook, deep in the heart of Somerset, to take over The Swan and restore it to its former glory. Cherry is at the helm, Maggie is in charge of the kitchen, and Rose tends the picturesque garden that leads down to the river.

Before long, the locals are delighted to find the beating heart of the village is back, bringing all kinds of surprises through the door. Could Cherry’s impulse purchase change all their lives – and bring everyone the happiness they’re searching for?

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Review

From the first pages, I have good feelings about this book, so immediately want to read on. The family has 3 main strong women within it: Cherry is the mother of Maggie and grandmother to 22 year old Rose.

Cherry is in the business of seeing properties that need renovating and flipping them into profit. She has long time partner – Mike, on the cusp of retirement.
Maggie is a successful PR woman, specialising in promoting food.
Rose is a student, also on the cusp of looking for a job as she tries to navigate life and her mental health issues and grief from losing her dad.

It starts with the organising of Mike’s retirement party as he got set to depart from his work at the university, and this is when readers first meet Cherry, who has an interesting and different outlook on such parties, but she wants it to be perfect for him. Things change however, when Anneka appears in his life…

There are many changes and challenges within the family; a family home up for sale, grief, new job, studies, moving onwards in the childcare chain. Within each challenge, there is also a certain amount of resilience, which is a joy to see. There are of course, chinks in their armour, but that’s what makes them human, but they keep trying to forge new paths ahead. It’s just what people need to be reading about today.

There’s an impulsive purchase, not a new dress or a book or anything like that. This impulse purchase is a pub called The Swan. It’s made when Cherry is selling her parents home and she recalls having many a happy time there. There’s a lot of work to be done, but nothing that this family cannot handle in what is a heartwarming story as they set off to work, calling in builders Cherry has worked with before and pulling together to do extensive work to revitalise the pub. It’s a joy to watch the idyllic scenery pass by and to see the family work together to create something great for the village.

Interweaved amongst the main family story are other characters, such as Chloe, where the pub gives her new hope in life and Winnie who the pub gives new work prospects to and a future in the pub’s kitchen.

There’s good food, cast of characters, wildlife and so much more. This book most definitely has the feel-good factor. It’s lovely to escape into and is joyous to read.

About the Author

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Veronica Henry has worked as a scriptwriter for The Archers, Heartbeat and Holby City amongst many others, before turning to fiction. She won the 2014 RNA Novel of the Year Award for A Night on the Orient Express and is a Sunday Times bestselling author of over twenty books.
Veronica lives with her family in a village in north Devon and can often be found cooking up the perfect seaside feast.

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